Another sloppy batting display from Dolphins

2013-01-18 00:00

FOR the third successive innings in a four-day game, the Dolphins batsmen failed to get beyond the 200-run mark.

This time, it was day one of the clash against the Cobras at Newlands yesterday, with Daryn Smit’s men mustering a very ordinary 174 all out after being asked to bat first.

A glance at the scorecard sends a clear message that the boys from KZN were lucky to get beyond 150 as yet again, the middle order was dismal.

It was thanks to opener Divan van Wyk whose 161-ball 92 that the Dolphins had anything to bowl at.

Wickets tumbled all around him, and at 96-7 it was worth a gamble predicting just how much the Dolphins would get.

Add in the 15 and 17 scored down the order by Calvin Savage and Keshav Maharaj and it’s clear there are some vital ingredients missing in the Dolphins main course at present.

Destroyer-in-chief for the Cobras was Beuran Hendricks, with the seamer crushing the brittle Dolphins middle order, as he claimed 5-47 in 13.1 overs. Van Wyk was helpless at the non-striker’s end, watching three wickets fall in two overs before a slight sliver of resistance was offered.

In reply, the home side have, to the Dolphins’ credit, not quite had things their way, finishing the day on 130-4.

Smit has used five bowlers so far, including Vaughn van Jaarsveld and Maharaj, the latter having bagged one scalp. Kyle Abbott took two wickets, while Savage took the other.

Early wickets are vital today if the Dolphins are to restrict the Cobras to a manageable first innings lead and the Dolphins will have to emulate the New Zealanders, and offer more with the bat in their second innings.

With three days to go and 14 wickets already falling on the first day, there is plenty of time to gauge the pitch and work out a game plan. With a coach like Lance Klusener, there is no doubt the Dolphins have been exhorted on showing character, spirit and fight as the match unravels.

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